1st US offshore wind farm raises hopes for industry revolution
A few miles off the coast of Block Island, a new U.S. industry is emerging from the Atlantic Ocean. That's where Deepwater Wind LLC is installing a massive steel frame, more than 1,500 tons, that sits on the seabed and juts about 70 feet from the water south of Rhode Island. By the end of next year there will be five of these platforms, each supporting a huge turbine, the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. It's been a long time coming. Offshore turbines have been running in Europe for more than two decades, and U.S. developers have been trying to get steel in the water since 2001. Deepwater expects its project to be the first of many to tap the potential for offshore wind energy in the U.S.
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